South Africa, Johannesburg: American International School of Johannesburg

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Date: 02/29/2012 Location: South Africa, Johannesburg Description: American International School of Johannesburg - State Dept Image



The American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ) is a non-profit, independent, co-educational day school offering an instructional program Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and this accreditation is reviewed every 7 years. The school was established in 1982 to cater for the needs of diplomatic and global executive families as well as South African students and adheres to the northern hemisphere and international school year August through June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 10-member school board, 9 of whom are elected by the association and 1 who is appointed. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. college-preparatory public schools and the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. Instruction is in English. Spanish is taught as a foreign language from grade 1; and Spanish and French are taught as foreign languages from grade 6 to grade 12. There is a wide range of electives and after school activities taught from grade K to 12. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year at AISJ, there are 147 faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 924.

Main Campus Facilities: The School is located on a 58-acre tract just on the northern edge of Johannesburg in rolling hills and horse country. There are 66 classrooms, 10 science laboratories, 3 computer laboratories, 2 libraries, a gymnasium, a fine arts center, a lecture hall, a cafeteria, and administrative offices. The gymnasium is equipped for basketball, volleyball, and badminton. It also has weight training facilities.

Pretoria Satellite School Facilities: The magnificently landscaped property is situated on a five-acre plot and gives the school a spacious feeling. A campus redevelopment plan provides for both an Elementary and Middle School in a Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 setting with a possible capacity in the future of just over 300 students. The first phases of the campus development plan include 16 classrooms, science lab, library, gym, undercover assembly area, cafeteria, soccer field, a pool, and extensive play areas. The next phases of the development plan include tennis and basketball courts. The basic description does not do justice to the site. Numerous old trees provide plenty of shade as well as invite the kind of school-without-walls learning opportunity that the South African climate is perfect for. The Middle School classrooms open onto a long covered porch or a veranda that faces a quiet garden setting.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, approximately 97% of the School's income derives from tuition and other fees. Annual tuition rates were split into U.S. currency and local currency to protect the school against dollar and/or depreciation. Fees are 37% USD quoted and 63% SA Rand quoted as this is the ratio in which the school projected it would expend its revenues. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $5,855 +R75,822; Kdg.-grade 5: $7,807+R101,096; grades 6-8: $9,125+R118,164; and grades 9-12: $10,139+R131,293. Other fees are as follows: capital fee on entry: R50,000 (no U.S. dollar portion); registration fee: R2,500; capital fee (returning students) R5,350; bus fares: from R24,418 to R26,563 (no U.S. dollar portion);. These fees are determined by using the prevailing rate of exchange between the ZAR and the USD when calculations were performed. 

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